Night Tube forces London’s kitchens to work harder

A London Underground train arrives at Oxford Circus station in central London on August 20, 2016, following the launch of the 24 hour night tube service.
The Night Tube -- a new service that will see the Victoria and Central lines run all night on Fridays and Saturdays was launched overnight Friday. It is expected the night tube will transport about 200,000 people between now and the end of the year. / AFP / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The introduction of a night service on selected London underground lines has driven an increase in late-night restaurant bookings, new figures suggest.

The Night Tube was introduced on Friday 19 August and, according to restaurant booking platform Bookatable, punters are embracing the opportunity to dine later without having to watch the clock.

Its records show that there has been a 21% increase in late night, 10pm restaurant bookings on Friday and Saturday nights in August 2016 versus the same month last year.

With more Londoners looking for after-dark dining options on Friday and Saturday, bookings between 9pm-11.59pm have increased by 15%, and overall Bookatable reports a 13% uplift in restaurant bookings on these days.

It said the introduction of the Night Tube was likely to be a major factor in the increased footfall, as Londoners take the opportunity to explore London’s diverse restaurant scene.

Last month we revealed how a study by London First showed that the Night Tube could bring an extra £77m a year in business to London by 2029, sending the value of the capital’s 24-hour economy to nearly £30 billion per year.

The Night Tube is currently available on the Central and Victoria lines, but there are plans for the service to be extended to other lines in future.

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